There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.
1. AMFM PRESENTS: JUICE! OPEN MIC
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
AMFM Gallery is back with their monthly Juice! open mic! Every first Thursday of the month, come take the stage and show the world what you got! The gallery is always looking for more ways to discover new artists for future shows, create space for people to share and express themselves freely in a safe place, and listen to some great music while being surrounded by good vibes. Hosted by Bou’khepra, leave it to your friends at AMFM to always have juice on the mic. Learn more HERE.
Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:00 p.m.
From a show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen, C2E2 brings the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago! Learn more HERE.
3. WAKANDA FOREVER S.T.E.M. FUNDRAISER
Friday, April 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Like the character Shuri from the film, do you know the next female prodigy who just needs a little support to reach her S.T.E.M. goals? Well, UrbanGIS and KINEXX are partnering to connect her with Chicago’s elite professionals at their first ever Wakanda Forever STEM Fundraiser at The Hidden Lofts. Come see how UrbanGIS and KINEXX are bringing Wakandian technology to Chicago with an innovative approach to networking and help support STEM scholarships at the University of Illinois Morill Engineering Program. Learn more HERE.
4. SIGMA CHRIS PRESENTS: OVO HOUR
Friday, April 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For the month of April, Refuge and Sigma Chris bringing you a special edition of First Fridays at Refuge. Get ready for the OVO Hour, as DJ Unstable spins hits from Drake’s music collective including PND, Roy Woods, and many more!
They’ll also be giving out complimentary tastings of Drake’s whiskey, Virginia Black, in addition to OVO-themed cocktails and signature specials being sold at the bar. This is God’s Plan! Learn more HERE.
5. SUPA BWE W/ KAMI, JOSEPH CHILLIAMS, DUFFLE BAG BURU, SEB TORGUS & ADOT
Friday, April 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1833 presents SUPA BWE at METRO Chicago! This Friday, experience SUPA BWE with guest performances by Kami, Joseph Chilliams, Duffle Back BURU, Seb Torgus and ADOT. Tickets are $15 in advance with inflation at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more HERE.
6. PASSPORT VIBES
Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m. — 3:00 a.m.
The perfect mesh of East meets West, AfroLux brings you an event like no other. Get in tune with the Passport Vibes at The Promontory lit with Hip Hop, R&B, Trap blended with Afrobeats, House, and Reggae. Imagine the beats of South African House Music with the sounds of the Dirty South! This is an event you don’t want to miss! Learn more HERE.
7. MUST LOVE BEARDS DAY PARTY
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Created in January 2015 by I DON’T DO CLUBS founder Genese Jamilah, Must Love Beards is a national day party series for men who rock beards and women who can’t get enough of them. Women’s tickets are sold in advance to ensure the event is gender balanced. Men are allowed into the event for free, beard or not. Learn more HERE.
8. BEYONCÉ VS. RIHANNA TRIBUTE//DANCE PARTY
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Controvsy And Lights and Music Collective Present The Orginal Beyonce vs. Rihanna tribute dance party, this Saturday at SubT in Wicker Park. Enjoy no remixes, no mashups and all originals. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Get your tickets while you still can. Learn more HERE.
9. BLACKOUT BRUNCH & DAY PARTY
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Blackout Brunch is BACK! Brunch, drink and party with open bar, bottomless mimosas and a buffet brunch from 1 pm to 3 pm. At 3 pm the party begins! Reserve your spot now because the last one SOLD OUT. Learn more HERE.
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Deon Posley is to announce his all-new day party series. #DAYLUXÈ Sundays are official in Chicago! Starting Sunday, April 8th at Joes on Weed St. from 2 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy music by Chicago’s hottest DJs, amazing food, and great vibes all around. Did I mention their rooftop will be open? Learn more HERE.
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